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The Girls I've Been Paperback – 4 Feb. 2021

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A captivating, explosive, and satisfyingly queer thriller ― Kirkus

The Girls I've Been is unlike anything I've read before: immediate, gripping, incredibly tense, heart-breaking, heart-warming and FUN! The hot-red suspense of both Nora's past and the unfolding robbery at the bank had me racing through the chapters to find out what happens. This brilliant, thrilling, twisty book held me hostage until the very last page.Holly Jackson

Grifters! Secret identities! Death-defying escapes!
The Girls I've Been is a powerful gut-punch of a book that will leave you reeling long after its final pages. I couldn't put it down! ― Chelsea Pitcher

'Slick, stylish and full of suspense ―
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Oh my god, I could hardly breathe until I finished. The tension! Absolutely loved it. ―
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Fiercely captivating and impressively characterized, this tightly plotted thriller is engrossing from start to finish. ―

[A] romance, a tragedy and a story about reclaiming agency and power. It is a triumph. ―

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Soon to be a Netflix film starring Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown - a must-read psychological thriller for fans of One of Us Is Lying.

As an ex con artist, Nora has always got herself out of tricky situations. But the ultimate test lies in wait when she's taken hostage in a bank heist. And this time, Nora doesn't have an escape plan ...

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hodder Children's Books (4 Feb. 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1444960113
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1444960112
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 13+ years, from customers
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14 x 5 x 21.6 cm
  • Customer reviews:
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Born in a mountain cabin to a punk rocker mother, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural California. She lives deep in the backwoods with a pack of dogs and a growing cabal of slightly feral cats.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected plot goodness, unusual characters
By Micky - bookphenomena on 11 May 2021
The Girls I've Been was such a novel plot and it definitely deserves the buzz it's been getting. The protagonist, Nora really was something else, the most unexpected and morally grey heroine of a book. She's a con artist, honed by her mother and finds herself as a customer during a bank heist. What ensued from those events was twisty, gripping and funny at times.

I couldn't put this read down and I really couldn't compare it to anything else. Past and present narratives were used well and didn't disrupt the reading flow, the pacing was just right and the writing felt wholly natural.

It was a thrilling thriller, the type you need to strap into and just hold on for the ride. Highly recommended.
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